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Essex: 200 historic coins go missing at metal-detecting event

PUBLISHED: 20:16 01 December 2011

Police are investigating missing coins

Police are investigating missing coins

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ABOUT 200 historic sovereigns, worth a total of nearly £70,000, have gone missing at a metal-detecting event in north Essex.

The coins which date from Victorian and Edwardian times and are valued at about £350 each were discovered at a site in Twinstead, near Sudbury, on Sunday.

The sovereigns are believed to have lain undiscovered for more than 90 years before the hoard was found and dug up by enthusiasts using electronic metal detectors.

Police have now been called in to investigate as the coins should have been declared to HM Coroner.

Only two coins were handed in on Sunday and a further 129 coins were found during searches this week. The whole area is now believed to have been cleared of the sovereigns.

Pc Andy Long, Essex Police’s Heritage Crime officer, said: “All the coins found on the site are protected by the Treasure Act.

“They are Treasure Trove and have to be declared to the county Coroner. We would urge anyone who has taken any of the coins or knows of their whereabouts to contact me immediately.”

Pc Long can be contacted on 0300 333 4444 extension 406103 or emailed at andrew.long@essex.pnn.police.uk.

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